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Seg. 1: 4th District At-Large Debate | Seg. 2: Kansas Poet Laureate

Segment 1: Incumbent and challenger are campaigning to represent a district that runs from the Country Club Plaza to north of the Missouri River. 

A current Kansas City, Missouri, council member and a former businessman are vying to win the city's 4th District at-Large seat in the June 18 election. The candidates differed on government spending, develoment, climate change and crime.

  • Katheryn Shields, councilwoman, 4th District at-Large
  • Robert Westfall, candidate for 4th District at-Large

Segment 2, beginning at 26:14: First Latino to hold Kansas' poet laureateship will "promote the work of other poets."

Huascar Medina is "really concerned about where poetry is in Kansas," and is looking to make more Kansans aware of the poets in their midst during his two-year term.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.